Butterfly Dress Complete

A little way back I started a dress for my daughter, and now that I have finished it, I wanted to share it with you. The dress began when we were following Project Runway and they did looks for girls inspired by the American Girl line. I teach sewing at a middle school, and the girls watch Project Runway and we are still joking about the snaps Sandya ran all the way to the bum of a “big girl’s” jump suit. I digress.

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The designers did a look for real girls, and since I live with my model I thought I would do a real life look for her.

Because I was making a life size look, and because I live in a house where we have real laundry, I did not finish my look in the allotted time. But I did finish it. And not too much past the deadline. Then, the best critique ever from the most important judge… The dress was worn to school!!! Yeah! I win!
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(Swoon.)
I want to share some of the behind the scenes construction.
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I started with the ruffle idea, but needed to infuse something into it. There needed to be a detail that brought it up out of “just a plain dress”. So I decided to line the top section with the orange contrast. I cut the orange top 3/4 inch bigger than the white section of the top. And that was just enough. When I sewed them together, I turned the orange over to the front, and top stitched it down so that there would be a ribbon of contrast showing.
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I made some little bike shorts to go under the dress, because she likes to swing on monkey bars a lot. : )
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The shorts don’t show up under the dress right now. But I was really proud of how they came out.
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I thought the look was successful. And the fact that she wore it for more than a modeling session is the best vote I could ever get! What a sweet victory.
Happy sewing.

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Project Project Runway Season 13 Finale Runway

Well, we made it through another season of Project Runway and Project Project Runway. For the finale we asked our designers to create a showstopping look or mini collection inspired by Rome. Let’s start the show…

Click on the designer’s name to read more.
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Thanks to everyone who played and followed along this season.

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Project Project Runway Season 13 Finale – House of Cornish

Here we are at the finale! But first, lets start with a review of the looks that got me to Fashion week this season.
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The danger for me here was to go the route of Sean.  He “over-fringed”. I found myself doing a lot of strip/ribbon looks in this collection. I learned a lot, and they evolved, but still.  I could have done a big ribbon wedding dress, and Nina would have booted me right off the runway.So I went in another direction. I was inspired by all the coats I saw this season. But lets face it, most of them were missteps. So I went ahead and did my own interpretation of a coat.
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Here I give you a fitted winter coat. When I decided to attempt a coat, it had to be classic, with a twist. So camel cashmere wool is the standard. While the coat looks plain, it is edited down, sophisticated, and impeccably well made.
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It is brighter than the normal caramel color, and closer to ivory.
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I hope the judges appreciate the work and craftsmanship. I will stand by this look all day long. It took a long time to get it to look the way I wanted it to. This is not a show stopping look, but it is certainly a style statement, and an anchor in my collection.

Thanks for playing and following along. It has been a fun show. See you on the runway!

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Project Project Runway Season 13 Finale – Kat’s Design

This is it the end of season 13 and I can’t say I’m sorry it is over. I think the same thing happens every season, I’m very enthusiastic at first, but by the end I am done. The uninspired challenges at the end of this season didn’t help. Anyway, before I show you my final look, here is a look at what I did this season. I am proud of quite a few of these looks especially my separates.
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Now for the finale. I decided to just do my gown (instead of a small collection) and in the style of so many collections I did a bridal look. Out inspiration was to come from ancient Rome. I took mine from Roman Columns with their straight lines, but also the fact so many are in ruins.
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The shape of my gown is a classic sheath, but I made my own textile using strips of fabric. This the the long straight lines of the columns. At the bottom, the strips are apart which is my idea of the ruins. For just a touch of sparkle, one strip is glittered silver.
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The top of the dress is strapless. It is shaped so that it is slightly higher in the front and stand up a bit from the chest.

Ok, you guys, I have to admit I didn’t think about how much this was like the ribbon dresses Susi made this season until after it was done. I guess she was my inspiration, but I feel like a big copy cat. But time was up and I had to send something down the runway, so away it went.

Thanks for following along this season!

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Project Project Runway Challenge #13 – The Finale

Challenge – The Finale
Create a collection inspired by the ancient city of Rome. On the show they needed to create 10 pieces, for our purposes you can design are many pieces as you like or one look that would be the showstopper finale of your show.
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Time Limit – 5 days

Budget –  $900 (hahahahaha!)
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Accessories – Choose your accessories from the Aldo Accessory Wall.
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Runway Day – Runway day is Thursday, October 23rd.
Just a reminder, only in-progress photos should be posted to the Flickr group before Runway Day. Save the big reveal for next Thursday. Please tag your photos with PPR13 and ProjectProjectRunway.

Ok, let’s talk about this episode. Warning spoilers ahead….
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Kathy’s take:
Amanda’s pieces were nice, but a little unwowing. I really hate the whole crop top that sticks out thing. I’m glad the judges didn’t love it all, but they do seem to fawn on her.

Sean’s looks were very sleek and look rich. He does clean really well. My least favorite was the white dress, why do designers think women want to look bigger around the hips. Nina is really stuck on the fringe thing.

I really dislike Char’s print that she got in Rome, I feel like some old lady is wearing it around a pool in Miami. Yet, her pieces look junior to me. The pencil skirt and top, looked like cheap office wear.

Kini’s stuff is interesting in it’s construction, but some of it comes off a little too stiff. And all denim? I know it is his thing, but yawn. What was that trim on Kini’s crop top?! And the shoulders on the dress/coat? (The judges disliked it too.) I did kind of dig the white top, but the skirt with it has a strange shape to be paired with it.

Who’s going to win? I have no idea at this point. After all these years, I’ve given up guessing what the judges will do.

 

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Project Project Runway Challenge #12 – Runway

This week the designers were asked to create a Street Chic look. It had to be something that could be worn everyday, but was still fashionable. Let’s start the show…

(Click on the designers name above each look to read more.)

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Next week the finale!

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PPR Challenge #12: House of Cornish

This week’s challenge was the car/camera/roof top/ street inspired look, and remake another look. That undecided mish-mash seemed just crazy-pants to me. But they still do not have me on retainer as a consultant to the production team. Alas.

My design is a street look. It’s super sheer, with doubled fabric in strategic places. The top is big and blousy, but because its sheer, and because I fitted the garment, the model’s shape is not lost. (oh how I WISH that Amanda had taken some tucks in some of her work. The looks would have been more feminine and less “drown the model in your color story”)
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There are REAL pants underneath. They are (faux) ultra suede.
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The back is just sheer and flowing and wonderful.
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I feel like if the judges have responded to SO many big volume looks that Amanda has sent down the runway, that they will respond positively to this one. It may not be ground breaking in the world of fashion. But it is good use of materials, and flattering to the woman. Zack will appriciate the construction of the pants. He might even try them on.

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PPR Challenge #12 – Kat’s Design

This week we had to create a look that was street chic, something that could be worn everyday that is still fashionable. I live in Minnesota and it is fall, so street chic to me is something that is warm and still looks good.
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So, I went with a look fall/early winter look with a little bit of a rocker edge. I started with a slim, textured leather pant, then topped that off with a knit tunic with a scarf sewn right in the neckline. The scarf can be folded in half width-wise and just hung down the back, wrapped once or, for really cold days, wrapped twice. Over the tunic I added an over-the-top furry, cap-sleeve vest. I played with the lengths at bit and made it shorter than the tunic. From the accessory wall, I added some heavier boots, a silvery grey bag and some big sunglasses. I think the whole thing comes off as very casually chic. This is a girl who knows how to laugh at cold weather and still look good.

Oh, the judges…I’m afraid they would feel this comes a little too close to what I’ve shown a few other times this season (especially last week’s look). Still it is a pretty put together look and really meets the challenge. Is it high fashion? No, but this is supposed to be something that could be worn everyday. I think Heidi would love the playfulness of the vest and Zac would find the pieces well made. Nina might complain that she has seen it. Still I would stand up for this look and think I’ve made it to Fashion Week.

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Project Project Runway Challenge #12 – Who’s In & Who’s Out

Welcome to season 13 of Project Runway and a new season of Project Project Runway! If you want to join in the fun this season get all the details here. Let’s jump right in…

Challenge – Who’s In & Who’s Out
Create a look that is street chic. Something that can be worn everyday of the week, but is fashionable and progressive. (On the show they also had to create a second look by redoing a losing look. If you feel like doing a second look this week, redo one of your own past looks from this season, maybe one you didn’t feel was strong.)
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Time Limit – 24 hours

Budget –  $20

Accessories – Choose your accessories from the Aldo Accessory Wall.

Runway Day – Runway day is Thursday, October 16th.
Just a reminder, only in-progress photos should be posted to the Flickr group before Runway Day. Save the big reveal for next Thursday. Please tag your photos with PPR13 and ProjectProjectRunway.

Ok, let’s talk about this episode. Warning spoilers ahead….

Kathy’s take:
I’m not going to waste much time on the Korina tantrum. It was silly, she looked silly. And the show was obviously prepared for it.

Amanda’s maxi-dress looked well made but I am not a fan of the shape, it looked like a caftan. It was like she was skinny and flat chested on top and huge on the bottom. The “v” at the chest makes it look like her boobs are sagging. This is just not a style I personally get. Her remake was awful and trashy. You always knew she was heading to fashion week, because they really played her redemption story.
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Emily’s street wear really has a pj and robe look when together. Thing is I can really see people wearing it because it looks comfortable, I’d totally wear the top underneath. The remake was boring. I’m actually surprised she lasted as long as she did.

Sean’s white outfit looked perfect for a resort, not sure about the street. I think perhaps I would have liked it better in black or grey, though maybe then it wouldn’t have been a crisp. I think it must have looked really great in person based on the judges reactions. He got stuck with the worst look to remake, but a pink shorts suit with pink fringe?! Um, no. I don’t have feelings either way about him going to Fashion Week.

I hated Char’s street wear, the skirt was fussy and overdone and the top struck me as an “easy, I ran out of time or ideas” piece. The remake was just a little black dress with the old fabric around the waist and not even neat looking. I feel like the judges were working really hard to make keeping Char make sense. I’m pegging her as a producers’ save.

Kini’s skirt/blouse and jacket didn’t seem to go together at all. Did the coat even fit over the skirt? They both look like nice pieces, but from different outfits. The red dress remake was gorgeous. It’s been obvious that he was going to the finals for awhile.

Susi’s Take
What I thought was interesting was the conversation around the table in the designers’ lounge after Korina was gone. They all agreed there was a lightness in the air. What a very damning statement. We saw that she was a bad sport, but in real life she was just ugly 24/7 and everyone felt it. Shar said “It would be hard to have a heart that hard.” Holy smokes! Her behavior for the helper part was past childish. I expect better sportsmanship from children. I can only hope that when she watches the show, she is able to reflect and learn.
Amanda sent another cut/quilt pieced dress down the isle. It was interesting, but the proportions were so off. There needed to be a tuck here and there to define the model’s shape. Her chest was gone completely.
Emily’s look was at least true to her voice. But that face fabric was just a little too nutty. I couldn’t help thinking it was like “I see a face in that giraffe”.
Sean’s white dress was a vision. When it didn’t fit the model I was worried. He said “I’ll just add a panel” and I thought “it’s all over”. But what ever he added didn’t hurt the look at ALL. It looked so crisp and “summer”. I cheered.
Shar’s looks were just not great. I was glad to see she made all the petals, because I thought that was new for her. But the whole look was tortured and overworked.
Kini got “I am going to work with denim” stuck in his teeth. Waxed denim no less. I did not respond like Heidi. It needs to be said that the skirt got worked over one too many times because of Tim’s critique, and I am surprised they did not add that into the edit, because I am sure someone said something about it. The long red dress was stunning. It was completely wonderful. What a killer red carpet look.
Here we go! we are off to fashion week.

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Project Project Runway Challenge #11 Runway

This week the designers were asked to make a look from items around their houses. They could reuse fabric from things like old clothing or upholstery, but not from their fabric stash. Let’s start the show…

Click on a designer’s name to read more about their look.
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